J. Om Prakash

Director, Writer


Jay Om Prakash (born January 24, 1926 in Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan) is one of the best known Indian film producer and director and is best known for films like Aap Ki Kasam (1974), Aakhir Kyon? (1985) and Aasha (1980). His daughter, Pinky, is married to director-producer Rakesh Roshan, making him the maternal grandfather of actor Hrithik Roshan. After producing 5 successful films like Aas Ka Panchhi (1961), Ayee Milan Ki Bela (1964), Aaye Din Bahar Ke (1966), Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke (1969), Aankhon Aankhon Mein, he made his directorial debut with Aap Ki Kasam starring Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz. The film was a box office success, and is remembered for the performance by its lead actors and all of its songs composed by R. D. Burman like "Jai, Jai Shiv Shankar", "Karwaten Badalte Rahen", "Pass Nahi Aana", "Zindagi Ke Safar". Most of his films' titles start with the letter "A." His other successful directorial ventures include Apnapan (1977), Aasha (1980), Apna Bana Lo (1982), Arpan (1983), Aakhir Kyon? (1985), Aadmi Khilona Hai (1993) and Punjabi film Aasra Pyaar Da (1983). He also produced critically acclaimed but box office flop Aandhi (1975). He was elected President of the Film Federation of India and served for the year 1995-1996.

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